Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 6)

THE MAN WHO KNEW by Sebastian Mallaby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A well-crafted, thorough biography sure to interest students of the modern economy and financial system."
The life of perhaps the wonkiest financial theorist to sit at the helm of the Federal Reserve. Read full book review >
PROGRESS by Johan Norberg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A refreshingly rosy assessment of how far many of us have come from the days when life was uniformly nasty, brutish, and short."
Cato Institute senior fellow Norberg (Financial Fiasco: How America's Infatuation with Home Ownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis, 2009, etc.) surveys human history and finds "things have been getting better—overwhelmingly so." Read full book review >

COME AND TAKE IT by Cody Wilson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"And what did Wilson get from the gun-printing project? Apart from 'a lot of bitcoin' and 'a lot of hate mail,' plenty of notoriety and a thick police file. Whether he should also get fat royalties for this book depends on your politics, too."
A self-styled anarchist serves up a troubling vision of autonomous action that begins and ends with the prospect of digitally producing one's own firearms. Read full book review >
VIOLENT BORDERS by Reece Jones
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"With the building of border walls and the deaths of migrants much in the news, this work is both timely and necessarily provocative."
"Tear down this wall!" was Ronald Reagan's ringing challenge to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. Now, a geographer calls for more drastic action, arguing that border walls everywhere should come down. Read full book review >
IN WARTIME by Tim Judah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An enlightening, timely study of a misunderstood region of the world."
Making sense of the murderous muddle in Ukraine through touching personal stories and a historical reality check. Read full book review >

THE AGE OF JIHAD by Patrick Cockburn
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A compelling series of dispatches from a journalist who has learned the hard golden rule in Iraq: 'to forecast the worst possible outcome.'"
A veteran British war journalist offers a diary of events on the ground from the overthrow of the Taliban to the rise of the Islamic State group. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A nuanced, forthright, emotionally compelling take on a painful subject."
How family dynamics can reflect racial prejudices in society as a whole. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT CAN AND CANNOT BE SAID by Arundhati Roy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Offered as an antidote to the propaganda, this book will mainly preach to the choir."
If politics makes strange bedfellows, this season isn't likely to see a more unlikely collaboration of co-authors than the Indian novelist and the American actor. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A delightfully witty, enjoyable read."
A Brit living in the United States exposes the dark side of the happiness business in her adopted country. Read full book review >
YOU CAN'T TOUCH MY HAIR by Phoebe Robinson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Up-and-down humor that sometimes gets to the heart of the realities of being black in America."
A black female comedian lays it all out there. Read full book review >
THE JOINT VENTURED NATION by Edward Goldberg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Goldberg's writing occasionally plods, and his lengthy quotations from other sources become tiresome, but he does offer some provocative ideas for policymakers."
A global economics consultant debuts with an analysis of the failure of American foreign policy to adapt to the new realities of an interconnected world. Read full book review >
THE HOSTAGE'S DAUGHTER by Sulome Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A middling book, much of it a footnote to an event that's already well-receded into history, even though it is part of a larger conflict still unfolding."
A firsthand view of conflict in the Middle East. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >